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Stories by Mel Cooke

Published:Sunday | April 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

By 1972, singer Errol Dunkley had established a track record of turning out popular songs. Movie Star (remade by Wayne Wonder and Buju Banton in the early 1990s) had hit the year before, and You'll Never Know had started the decade strongly for...

Published:Sunday | April 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

'Holiday', the 2009 combination by singer Chevaughn and dancer-turned-deejay Ding Dong, celebrating all breaks from the hum-drum of daily routines, could have been Rainy Day. Chevaughn went to the Notice Productions base off Manning's Hill Road, St...

Published:Sunday | April 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

There are points during the annual Road March through Kingston's streets, that the DJ hails persons from various countries and, as Carnival in Jamaica climaxes today, Kamal Bankay, expects a vigorous response to the names of a number of Caribbean...

Published:Sunday | April 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Whether by the straight route, the crow tends to fly off from the Carib Cinema, Cross Roads, property's back gate and on to Brentford Road then turning left, the movie house is very close to music house.So it did not take long for an 11-year-old...

Published:Sunday | April 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

On Wednesday, The Gleaner reported that in 2017, approximately 56.4 per cent of Jamaicans supported the idea of a military coup under extraordinary circumstances. This was up from 39.7 per cent in 2006 and 49.2 per cent in 2014.It is a good time to...

Published:Sunday | March 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

There are many things about the World Clash event slated to take place on July 19 as part of Reggae Sumfest's 25th anniversary staging. For one, it is a 20th anniversary celebration of the sound system event brand - Garfield 'Chin' Bourne of...

Published:Sunday | March 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

With Startime being a vintage music concert, inevitably as time has passed, so have a number of performers who have made an impression at various stagings.Startime organiser Michael Barnett remembers moments when songs by some of the performers who...

Published:Thursday | March 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Kamal Bankay of the National Carnival Stakeholders Committee, has welcomed a proposed march by church members in response to the annual Carnival Road March. “They are welcome and encouraged to express their views and to show us how...

Published:Thursday | March 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Kamal Bankay makes a distinction between two stages of Jamaica Carnival. There is the one that widened the celebration's scope in the early 1990s, moving the road march from largely a UWI-student-driven affair on the Mona Campus to a one-day...

Published:Tuesday | March 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Perched on a bench in Campion College's Duck Pond, Yendi Foo is in a peculiar position - figuratively. As she gesticulates in amplifying her verbal instructions to the student thespians, she is directing in an abridged version of 'A Midsummer Night'...

Published:Sunday | March 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

In the 1990s, Nadine Sutherland walked into a record store in London, England, and was congratulated for having a number one song with deejay Buju Banton. Her response was, "I don't have a song with Buju Banton."After some insistence on both sides,...

Published:Sunday | March 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The chirp of children's voices was a constant throughout a call to Nadine Sutherland on her birthday, last week Thursday.In addition to the general Twitter well-wishers, some spoke directly to her there were some birthday wishes and a couple of...

Published:Wednesday | March 14, 2018 | 12:09 AMMel Cooke

As the State pushes to restore the old city from the waterfront northwards, where King Street meets South Parade, a church operation has begun to extend the life of an instrument which in part symbolises another renewal of the capital - its...

Published:Sunday | March 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Tony 'Paleface' Hendriks, who is currently concentrating on writing film scripts, left Jamaica in 2001 to explore stand-up comedy opportunities in England. The actor and comedian was well known in Jamaica, not only on the stage but also on screen...

Published:Sunday | March 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

'No real man can live without a womanLike night to day is a woman to her manShe's essential to his purpose and his missionA good woman is a glory to her manShe'll never take the power, she'll make him a better manEvery great man has a virtuous woman...

Published:Tuesday | March 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Moiika Stanley makes it clear that, financially, the Wan Move Diaspora Dance Convention she is planning for November 26 to December 2, 2018, is at a break-even stage. However, straddling the creative, legal and business worlds as a dancer, lawyer...

Published:Sunday | March 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Dr Myrna Hague makes it clear that her late husband, Cecil 'Sonny' Bradshaw's arrangement of Jamaica's National Anthem is not a reggae version."He positioned four bars of reggae rhythm at (the lyrics) 'justice, truth, be ours forever, Jamaica land...

Published:Sunday | February 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Monte Blake of Merritone, the oldest continuously operational sound system in the world, was pleasantly surprised when a radio DJ called him to say that Cynthia Schloss's song Surround Me With Love was among listeners' top 10 songs for Valentine's...

Published:Sunday | February 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

In the accustomed scheme of things, Reggae Month ends and the multiple day Kingston Book Festival begins, the throb of drum and bass succeeded by the rustling of pages.Last year, though, the artistic cycle was broken, as the Book Industry...

Published:Sunday | February 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The theme of last year's Reggae Month was 'Reggae Mek Yah', emphasising Jamaica as the point of origin for not only reggae, but of all the Jamaican music forms reggae has become a catch-all name for, among them ska, rocksteady, dancehall and dub.The...

Published:Sunday | February 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

In his 1986 song She Boom, Mallory Williams sings about a woman called 'Poochie Lou', whose dancing sets the Rae Town Sunday night oldies session alight, so much so that "dem tun off de soun' fi she sekkle down/Coulden sekkle down she come fi mash...

Published:Saturday | February 17, 2018 | 12:30 AMMel Cooke

Tomorrow's first Reggae Icons Concert on the Waterfront, Kingston, in celebration of Dennis Brown is free in more ways than one. For not only is the public invited to turn out...

Published:Wednesday | February 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

In its simpler, handheld form, the catapult immediately conjures images of a hard object being propelled at high speed in order to have maximum impact - and, in most cases, inflict damage. However, for their songwriting competition, the Katalys Crew...

Published:Sunday | February 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Shalom did not write the lyrics to Baby I've Got News For You, the late 1990s song of a man moving on emotionally after the break-up, heartache and mentally spurning of the woman who he would like to be in his good graces again. Those credits go to...

Published:Sunday | February 4, 2018 | 12:05 AMMel Cooke

  June Isaacs, widow of the ‘Cool Ruler’ whose lovers rock classics include Top Ten and Night Nurse in a catalogue that also includes the defiant One Man Against The World and possibly the confessional Hard Drugs, smiled a lot...

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